Winter TBR

Last year, I did monthly TBR lists.  I picked two books per month and actually completed almost all of my monthly TBR lists!  I've also participated in Top Ten Tuesdays when they've had their seasonal TBR lists but I rarely ever get through all ten books that I say I'll read.

So this year, I've decided to switch it up a little, and pick five books per season.  It's a little less commitment than two books per month, and a lot less commitment than ten books per season, but I do love making lists of books to read regardless.

Without any further ado, these are the five books that I plan to read over the coming months...

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I'm currently reading this book, and loving it so far.  It's also one of the books on my list of 17 books to read in 2017 so I'm starting the year off strong.

2. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
This is also on my 2017 list, and the series wraps up soon so there's a lot of people reading and re-reading the series at the moment.  I want to read it while it's a big thing online, even though part of me is a little nervous for a repeat Raven Boys experience.  Low expectations, gotta keep those expectations low.

3. Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
This is my book club's January pick, and I'm hosting the meeting for the first time in my new home!  I LOVED The Secret Life of Bees when I read it a million years ago, and I can't wait to read another one of hers.  Also, it's an Oprah book -- I didn't realize that Oprah had brought her book club back!

4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Another book club pick -- I'm choosing this one of our next read, and it also happens to be one of the 17 books that I had planned to read this year.

5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I have a few e-galleys from Edelweiss that I need to get cracking on and this one is at the top of my oh-my-goodness-I-want-to-read-it-now list.  So I'm just gonna read it.

How about you?  What's on your TBR list this winter?  Have you read any of these books?  Let's chat in the comments below =)

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2017 Reading Challenge Sign-up

Another year, another round of reading challenges!  This year, I'm keeping things simple(r), and participating in three challenges, in addition to the Goodreads challenge.  I've set my Goodreads challenge at 50 books, which should be no problem as I read 73 books last year.  I just don't want to be pressured by a number, or to see how many books I'm behind whenever I log into Goodreads =P

I've always participated in Evie @ Bookish's TBR pile challenge; however, it doesn't look like she's hosting it this year, so I've decided to join the Rock my TBR challenge instead.  Same idea, but I like that this challenge also encourages buddy reads as a motivator to get those TBR books read.  I'm going to set a goal of 30 TBR books.

I'm going to participate in the Prequel & Sequel Challenge again this year (obviously!) and am indebted to Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat for not kicking me off, as I'm an awful co-host (and the sign-up post is coming guys, promise!).  Hopefully, life will be a little quieter this year, which will allow more time and focus on blogging and reading!  My goal for this year will be the same as last year, Professional (76 to 100 points).

Last year, I signed up for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge as a means of broadening my reading choices, but found that I spent the latter part of the year ignoring the books and series that I had planned to read because none of the books fit the challenges that were left.  I was incredibly proud of myself for finishing the challenge, but this year I'm just going to broaden my reading by reading more fantasy, in addition to my usual reading choices.  I'm going to set myself a goal of 12 books.

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2016 Reading Challenges Wrap-up

Last year, I participated in four reading challenges and, for the first time EVER, I completed each and every one of my goals!

Goodreads Challenge

Goal: 52 books
Read: 73 books
I set my goal at 52 books because of the Around the Year challenge, and blew it out of the water!

TBR Pile Challenge

Goal: Sweet Summer Fling (31-40 points)
Result: 32 books
I'm super proud of myself for acheiving this goal, even though I had to go to the library to borrow books that I own, but had packed, in order to fulfill my goal.

Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Goal: Professional (76-100 points)
Result: 108 points
Last year, I aimed for the top category (101+ points) and missed it by a long shot.  This year, I played it safe, but still managed to achieve the top category!  Re-reading the Harry Potter series really helped, as well as the Among the Hidden series.

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge

Goal: Wasn't aiming to complete all challenges
Result: Actually completed all challenges!
I honestly didn't plan to complete this challenge, and didn't even think that I could complete it.  But when I realized that I had only ten challenges left towards the ned of the year, I decided to go for it, and I'm proud of myself for finishing it.

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2017 Series TBR

Like I shared in my bookish resolutions, I am planning to finish/catch up on ten series this year.  Similar to last year, this is a mix of newer and older series.  Hopefully I can stick to this list, but ultimately, I'd just like to check ten series off my TBR list, even if they aren't the ones on this list.  But here goes...

1. Lux (Opal, Origin and Opposition)
3. TOG (Empire of Storms and Book #6)
4. Magyk (Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke, and Fyre)
5. Unwind (UnWholly, UnSouled and UnDivided)
6. Everneath (Everbound and Evertrue)
7. The Young Elites (The Midnight Star)
8. A Discovery of Witches (Shadow of the Night and Book of Life)
9. Grave Mercy (Dark Triumph and Mortal Heart)
10. Pure (Burn)

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17 Books to Read in 2017

I came up with the idea of 16 books to read in 2016 after watching several BookTubers' videos with the same title.  I didn't end up read all 16 books on my list, but I am proud of reading nine of them!  I've decided to try this again, so here are the 17 books that I plan to read in 2017...

1. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
This series wraps up this year, and I've had the first book sitting on my shelf for over a year.  

2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Reading this book scares the crap out of me because it's so loved, it's HUGE and it's fantasy.  2017 will be the year of pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and this book meets that criteria.

3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
I thought I would read this one right away, but I was in a bit of a reading slump for the latter part of 2016 simply because I had so much going on with two moves in four months.  BUT, I can't let Throne of Glass descend into one of those series that I just never got around to finishing, so I WILL continue on.

4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I'm currently reading this, but only a few chapters in, so it can still be included on this list.  Marissa Meyer can't sit on my shelves unread for too long.

5. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
I would like to try reading all of the unread books on my 2016 list, in addition to these, but I didn't want to fill up my who list with all the books that I didn't get to last year.  Instead, I've chosen to just include this book because I feel like it just HAS to happen this year.  It just MUST.

6. Burn by Julianna Baggott
Per the above, this series will also get knocked off my TBR list this year.  For SURE.

7. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
I read the first two books in this series towards the end of 2016, and I must pick up the final installment before I forget what's happening in the series!

8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I started reading this book with Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat a couple of years ago, but I got distracted with other things and never finished it.  I own all three books in the series, so I need to finish it and love it, and then binge the series, or finish it and unhaul the series.

9. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
This is another book that I started, but never finished, due to my pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel and the fact that this book is HEAVY.  It's another book that scares me a little, but this will be the year.

10. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My Secret Santa sent me this book this year, and I want to make an effort to read gifted books a little quicker.  She said that it's one of her favourite books too, so I can't wait to let her know what I think of the book.

11. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnson
This book is on my list for the same reason as Station Eleven.  My secret sister sent this to me over the summer, and she loves the book and the author so much.  I can't wait to experience her writing.

12. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
This is the latest book sent to me by my current secret sister, and it was read and loved by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.  I've had my eye on it since its release, and I have very high expectations!

13. Mistborn or The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
I'm not promising to read both, or even to finish one, but this year I'd like to try Brandon Sanderson's writing, and I have two of his books on my shelves.  This is the third book on my list that scares the crap out of me, but hey, let's do this thing!

14. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
In conjunction with my resolution to clear off my e-book TBR, this is one that I have had my eye on for a while, and I think I'm going to love it.

15. The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
I re-read the entire Harry Potter series this year on audio, and stumbled across this book while I was unpacking last week.  I seem to recall a controversy a while ago where it seemed like J.K. Rowling had copied some elements from this book because they're very similar to Harry Potter, but I think it was proven to be untrue.  Anything that's described as being just like Harry Potter always piques my interest, but also makes me wary because nothing can be just like Harry Potter.  I haven't read much middle grade in recent years, so this will be a fun read too.

16. The Glass Arrow by Kristin Simmons
I pre-ordered this almost two years ago, and haven't read it.  I think I'm going to love it too, but I just need to read it already.

17. Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
One of my bookstore co-workers recommended this to me shortly before I left the store, and I think she even described it as life-changing and her favourite book of all time.  High praise from a bookworm!  I haven't read any Atwood in a LONG time, and I have loved most of her books.

Have you read any of these books?  Which book should I start with?  Let me know in the comments below, and thank you for visiting my blog =)

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... And Looking Forward to 2017!

I looked back at my reading resolutions from last year, and one of the things that I noticed was that it was hard to qualify whether or not I had succeeded at any of my resolutions because there wasn't any tangible proof.  I've purposely kept my resolutions vague for this very reason -- I can decide if I did a good job at reading the books from my own shelves, even without knowing whether or not my physical TBR pile shrunk and, if so, by how many volumes.  

But for this year, I'm opting to do something a little different.  I'm going to attach some tangible numbers to these resolutions, just to see how it works this year.  Shaking it up a little, ya know?   So, 2017, let's do this thing!

1. Reduce my physical TBR to less than 100 books.
When I counted up all of my unread books, I was sitting around 130.  I know that I've acquired a fair number of books this year, but I also feel like I've read more than I acquired, or at the very least I've broken even.  If that's the case (worst case scenario), I will have to read what I own, but also what I buy in order to achieve this goal.

2. Reduce my e-book TBR to less than 20 books.
I've bought SO MANY cheap e-books over the past year, but haven't read many of them!  So my e-book TBR is 30ish books.  It's nice to have that many e-books on hand for travelling, but I really need to read some as I buy.  So this year, I'd like to read a third of what I own.

3. Finish 10 series.
Last year, I picked out five old series and five newer series.  I did okay with that list, but part of the struggle was that most of my books were packed for the entirety of the year.  This year, I'm determined to make a dent in that series TBR, especially since I've decided to separate my read and unread books on my shelves -- it's the only way to reunite them!

4. Blog whenever hubby plays video games.
When we packed up the majority of our possessions in February, the video games were put away.  I used to get lots of blogging done while hubby gamed, since I find it hard to read with the flickering glow of the TV beside me.  We just unpacked his video games, and he's excited about getting into another game.  I want to make good use of this time to work on my blog, visit/comment on others' blogs and just be more present online.

5. Participate in three online events.
Last year, I participated in more than three, so this should be an easy resolution.  I thought of five, but I don't know how busy life will be in 2017, and thought I'd be better to aim for three events where I can give it my all, rather than scrambling to complete five.  I'm thinking, at the very least, the Broke & Bookish Secret Santa, a readathon and one other event.

How about you?  Did you have reading resolutions and, if so, did you complete them?  Let me know in the comments below, and Happy New Year!

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Looking Back at 2016...

Another year, gone in the blink of an eye!  2016 was a pretty awesome year, with the two highlights being the purchase of our first home and the birth of my niece and nephew.  I can't wait to see what wonderful things 2017 will bring!  But first, let's look back at my bookish resolutions for the past year...

1. Read mainly books from my shelves.
I definitely did well at this challenge, and I'm pretty sure that I have less unread books on my shelves now than I did at the beginning of the year.  I acquired a lot of books this year, but read more books than I acquired, so I'm pretty sure my physical TBR pile shrunk.

2. Stay away from review copies.
I did pretty well at this challenge, even though I currently have two expired e-galleys (although they're like two years expired) and one read but not yet reviewed title.  I also have three (I think?) e-galleys for next year.  Out of the review copies that I acquired this year, I did read and review all of them on time (except one but I was approved for a review copy after it was released) and I'm proud of myself for that!

3. Stay true to myself.
I feel very out of touch with what's current and popular right now because I really did stick to this resolution.  I only succumbed to hype twice this year: once when everyone was re-reading the Raven Cycle in preparation for the release of the final book, and the second time when everyone online was falling in love with A Court of Mist and Fury.  Even though the first one didn't work out, the second book ended up being my top read of the year.  So that counts as a success, right?

4. Try to interact online more.
SUCCESS.  I participated in the Love-a-thon and two rounds of Tome Topple.  I signed up, but didn't really complete, the Make-me-read-it-a-thon.  I also participated in two rounds of the OTSP Secret Sister project, and the Broke & Bookish's Secret Santa for a fifth year!

5. Continue to make progress with my series.
I had planned to read five newer series, and five older series.  Out of the newer series, I finished three of the five that I planned to read (the Lunar Chronicles, ACOTAR and the Retribution of Mara Dyer).  I didn't catch up with the Throne of Glass series or the Pure trilogy.  Out of the older series, I finished two of them (the Infernal Devices trilogy and the Among the Hidden series).  Both included a re-read of the first book!  I also re-read Magyk in preparation for finishing the series, but none of the books could be used for checking off the Around the World in 52 Books challenge, so I opted for reading other things.  I didn't get to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series or the Unwind series.

How about you?  Did you have reading resolutions and, if so, did you complete them?  Let me know in the comments below, and Happy New Year!

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